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Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism Paperback – February 17, 2003
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Bill Bennett tackles these nagging questions, and more, in his excellent short book "Why We Fight."
Bennett also explains the moral, philosophical, and theological justifications for using force to avert evil. He respectfully and thoughtfully examines the underpinnings of various strains of pacifism, and describes how many pacifists, including some Quakers, have come to recognize that there are times when force is not only justified, but required.
In the end, the explanation of why we fight is easily understood. We fight to preserve freedom's foothold against the forces of tyranny and despotism. America's moral failings, including slavery, are the exception rather than the rule. Those who do not understand that will never understand this book, and deserve our pity rather than our contempt.
Bennett spends some ink deploring the Left in this country, who immediately blamed America for the attacks. Hate like that cannot be reformed, only resisted. But his greater concern is the moral illiteracy that these people have inculcated in American schoolchildren. The kids are being taught to think about the attack as if it were just a natural disaster, nobody's fault, except for the ones who are being taught to believe that Uncle Sam wore a short skirt and asked for it.
The weakest section is the one on Islam. Better surveys of that religion, its warlike tendencies, and its usage-hijacking, if you prefer-by terrorists are available by authors like Daniel Pipes, Bernard Lewis, Stephen Emerson, and Ram Swarup. Bennett is at his best excoriating miseducation of American children, and the resulting moral confusion they suffer. A generation that has been taught "Don't hit", may turn out peaceful, but one that has been taught "Don't hit back" has been cruelly cheated.
People who can watch 3,000 fellow Americans die and respond only with "Yes, but..." deserve nothing but contempt. This book gives it to them hot and strong. Get it to bolster your resolve. And watch what they're teaching your children.
William Bennett has tackled this question with this book. Bennett has certainly laid out a foundation of reason for the need to take on those that pose a threat to national security and those that use terrorist tactics to destroy.
Bennett pulls no punches as he skillfully draws the picture that patriotism is stronger now than ever. He brings out the strongest arguments to show that sitting back and waiting can only lead to further disaster.
Bennett's arguments are rationally discussed and the positively backed up with evidence. Bennett takes on both side of the argument, showing we the administration has failed and where is has been strong.
Overall, whether you like Bill Bennett or not, keeping an open mind while reading this book will certainly show you a few new things and open you up to new ideas. So whether you are liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, this book does shed new light on what makes this country what it is today - great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is much less a book defining "why we fight" than it is conservative rant justifying why we all should think like a conservative in regards to any of America's wars, and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ryan Mehigan
A refreshing case for moral clarity and the justice of the war on terror and a well aimed expose of the leftwing elites who preach that America is at fault, and in the wake of 911... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gary Selikow
Excellent with a lot of historical facts that people have forgotten. Index is excellent for you to find the stuff you want to get to real fast. My book is highlighted. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Alexander Berkenhoff
William John Bennett (born 1943) is a conservative commentator and former politician, and who served as Secretary of Education during Reagan's second term, and was "Drug... Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Steven H Propp
Bennett holds nothing back in this well argued book on patriotism, Islam and definable values. A great counter argument to the diversity movement as well as the anti-American... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by GTO
For too long we have allowed the PC view of the world to control our thoughts, making some of the most absurd positions the accepted "truth". Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Henry Kadoch
The media dwells on American actions, with their armchair quarterbarck view. We face difficult decisions but the existential threat is real - and the need to face those threats is... Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by SteveNY
Bennett's own logic undermines itself. He is in essence arguing that to be a truly patriotic American, one must check your brains in at the door and unquestioningly accept... Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by pthunk
I was reading a debate between Noam Chomsky and William Bennet on their new books, so I decided to buy them both. I won't review Mr. Chomsky's book here, but Mr. Read morePublished on May 8, 2006 by D. Page